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2008-10-01 21:00:11

By Lisa M Krieger The scrappy little mosquitofish, the pit bull of ichthyology and the region's leading defense against West Nile virus, is a savior to insect-infested waters. Unless you're a frog. Yes, the fish dines on larval mosquitoes, as intended. But scientists have learned it also has an appetite for the tadpoles of frogs, toads and other amphibians -- including the threatened red- legged frog and the endangered Santa Cruz long-toed salamander. "Frog populations have disappeared...

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